It is now actually official that this statement is true. Following the longest study of adult life that has ever been done, The Harvard study of Adult Development, tracked the lives of 724 men over 75 years and have learned the following three big lessons:
- Social connections are really good for us, and loneliness kills. People who are more socially connected to family, friends, work colleagues, community, are happier, physically healthier and live longer.
- It’s not just about the number of friends / connections you have that matters, it’s the quality of the relationship. It turns out that living in the midst of conflict is really bad for your health.
- And it turns out that good relations don’t just protect our bodies, they protect our brain too.
So, if good relationships are beneficial for our health and wellbeing, as well as productivity and efficiency we need to invest time in communicating and discussing, giving and receiving feedback, and creating an environment of trust in which we all prosper and flourish.
How good is your organisation at dealing with conflict to ensure good relationships flourish?